ONTARIO AUDITOR GENERAL TO REVIEW PROVINCIAL VACCINE ROLLOUT
Apr 20, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The province’s auditor general has agreed to take a look at the Ford government’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had requested Bonnie Lysyk investigate how 114 hotspot postal codes were chosen.
In response, the auditor general has written back that her office has ”identified Ontario’s COVID-19 Immunization Strategy and Implementation as an audit candidate for the 2021-22 audit cycle.”
A spokesperson for the health minister says the postal codes were identified based on Public Health Ontario data, including hospitalizations, outbreak information, how testing rates and deaths during the second wave.
The government says the opposition has spread misinformation and dangerously politicized the province’s efforts to vaccinate residents of those neighbourhoods.
Horwath says she hopes the list was not politicized because that ”would be unimaginably wrong … not to save lives in the most significantly impacted areas.”